Sunday, July 08, 2007

Quote of the Week

"Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.

John Owen (1616-1683) ; Temptation and Sin (Vol 6, Owen's Works), p.9


Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Ok, I just must ask - where did you find this book - and vol 6 no less?

right now, I think work is killing me, so I'm not sure that I'm doing any killing at all - which is not a good thing to be too tired to actively think about and fight sin.

Every Square Inch said...

The reference is a little misleading...Temptation and Sin is Vol 6. of Owen's Works.

Temptation and Sin is available for sale here -

Every Square Inch said...

It's also available as a individual book entitled "Mortification of Sin in Believers"

You can read it online at Christian Classics Ethereal Library

I'm not a big fan of Owen, not because I dispute his contributions as one of the greatest theologians in the history of the church but rather because I find his style of writing a little tough to work through. But what little I have read indicates that he has insights into the nature of sin at work in the life of a believer.

Craver Vii said...

Owen is slow reading, for sure. I have only read a little bit of his work.

Every Square Inch said...


Don't know if you've read Kris Lundgaard's The Enemy Within. It more accessible and easily understood. Lundgaard takes Owen's principles and uses contemporary language and examples.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Sounds like Lundgaard is a better choice for me -

I think that one of the things that recently has amazed me the most, as I look back over struggles in my own life over the past couple of months, is how well the enemy knows me. Sometimes, I fear, better than I know myself.

I guess that I understand theologically that he actively pursues and he knows well enough what to throw in my path and when I am most vulerable, but I must get lulled into sleep and forget to be on guard. Then I am dismayed when, with 20:20 hindsight, I so clearly see that that he worked against me most isidiously - in an area of unguarded strength.

Ted Gossard said...

ESI, Yes, this was an emphasis of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, living the life in Christ of death to self, daily. And thereby experiencing now resurrection life. This was an important staple in his theology.

Every Square Inch said...


In case you're curious, Kris Lundgaard is now a missionary to Slovakia and has a blog -


I don't know much about Bonhoeffer but dying to our flesh daily is centrally biblical. Thanks for sharing your perspective.